1980


The squadron operated as a medium bomber and maritime radar reconnaissance squadron throughout 1980


XL443 [With kind permission of Steve Barker 06-11-2017]

 Stationed at:

  • RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire), using Foxtrot Dispersal

Role

  • Medium bomber squadron, equipped for low level strategic bombing and Maritime Radar Reconnaissance squadron

Command

  • No. 1 Group, Strike Command

Personnel

  • Commanding Officer:
    • Wing Commander IO Junor
  • Strength
    • No. of Officers: No. varied between 45 and 51 (8 constituted crews)
    • No. of Airmen: No. varied between 72 and 78 (Two shifts of Engineering Personnel [for flight servicing and first line rectification of faults] and Administration Personnel)

Activities

  • Training
    • Continuation Training (ground and air)
    • Operational Training (ground and air)
  • Assessment / Classification
    • Peer Reviews (as part of annual assessment)
    • Classification (individuals and crews)
  • Maritime Radar Reconnaissance
  • Rangers
    • Goose
  • Exercises (at Command, Group, Station, Squadron, Flight or Crew level)
    • Air Defence Exercise
    • Amalgum Brave
    • Blue Moon
    • Brown Falcon
    • Cavalcade
    • Cloudy Chorus
    • Natinads
    • Priory
    • Taceval
    • Teamwork
  • Displays / Flypasts
    • Queen’s Birthday Flypast (XL361)
    • Offutt Air Show
  • Bombing Competitions
    • Double Top

Aircraft (from own establishment)

Vulcan Profile (Low)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

Aircraft utilised for exercises included: XH538, XH561, XL318, XL319, XL360, XL361, XL425, XL443, XL444, XL446, XM570, XM572, XM573, XM595

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

Aircraft losses and incidents were as follows:

  • None Recorded

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Maritime Radar Reconnaissance

On 21st May 1980, a squadron crew found a burning fishing vessel; the crew transmitted a Mayday Relay message and remained at the scene until the crew of the vessel had been rescued by helicopter and other ships

 


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